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Good morning, Students,

Up to this point, you’ve had no idea which candidate I — a single, urban, feminist, anti-racist, female-identifying, liberal academic — supported in this election.

I won’t reveal my political stance today, either. The Biden/Harris victory is neither “good” nor “bad” and no political position is “better”…


Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We understand that college campuses are a place of freedom and experimentation, hijinks and shenanigans, but we have to draw the line at murdering people, dumping their bodies, and burning their corpses, at least within sight of the Residence Halls. If you are struggling with…


The secret weapons of avoiding bad dates: Critical Discourse Analysis and Thin-slicing

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In his profile picture, he is dressed as the devil.

The actual devil — not some funny, costume-y sort of devil. The photo is an extreme close-up, and in it, he is wearing plastic fangs and red contacts in his eyes; there is something that looks like blood (or perhaps…


I ignored a lot of the common “wisdom” about writing good dating profiles to game the system so that it worked for me

Photo of the author and her partner.
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I’m a single woman. I also have a Ph. D. in rhetoric, so I understand how words work. I decided to put those things together in order to game online dating. Spoiler alert: It worked.

Here’s how I did it.

There are hundreds of sources out there telling you how…


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Q: Should we be concerned about enrollment for Fall 2021?

A: We should be panicked.

Q: Are we going to lower our admissions criteria again?

A: Duh.

Q: Are there some extra zeroes on the memo about the new Success Coach hires?

A: No. Our university now has 200 full-time…


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Gosh, I’ve been so nervous about freshman orientation, mostly because I’m still breastfeeding.

My mom is going to college with me so that she can keep up with the pumping (obviously I’m no longer feeding from her breasts; we’re not weird). Since I’m 6' 2”, 195 pounds, and exclusively breastfed…

Jennie Young

Professor and humor writer in Green Bay. McSweeney’s, HuffPost, Education Week, Inside Higher Ed, Slackjaw, Weekly Humorist, The Satirist, Human Parts, others.

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